MacDirectory Magazine

Spring-Summer 2008 (#37)

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REVIEW | PRODUCTIVITY 108 MacDirectory FirmTek is shipping the new SeriTek/5PM, which is a quiet, ultra-cool, high perfor- mance, state of the art, 5-bay, hot- swappable, SATA port multiplier external enclosure. The SeriTek/5PM features an attractive, heavy-duty case made from brushed and anodized extruded alumi- num. The enclosure is very compact and provides a high quality 220W server-class universal power supply. The SeriTek/5PM delivers several exciting new features including a multi-second delay front-panel power switch, a unique temperature management system plus mutable temperature and fan failure alarms. The SeriTek/5PM enclosure is available alone ($539.95) or can be purchased with a FirmTek SeriTek SATA PM compatible host adapter. The SeriTek/2SE4 (PCI-X), SeriTek/2SE2-E (PCIe) and the SeriTek/2SM2-E (ExpressCard/34) are available in separate bundles. The SeriTek/5PM is available directly from FirmTek and its resellers. The new heat management system found inside the FirmTek SeriTek/5PM provides enhanced airflow throughout the chassis. A unique system of cooling vents, holes in the tray handles and perforations have been engineered to double the cooling capacity of the enclosure. This new design technique combined with the dual 70x70x15mm fan system allows more air flow to be pulled from the front of the enclosure, across the hard drives and expelled out of the rear of the enclosure. Large 1TB hard drives typically require more power and produce more heat than smaller hard drives. The new SeriTek/5PM heat management system is designed and tested to comfortably cool the largest high capacity hard drives while also providing user selectable three-speed fan control. The new design features provided by the SeriTek/5PM make it the new gold standard of 5-bay port multiplier enclosures. While FirmTek is certainly not the first company to introduce a 5-bay SATA PM enclosure, this new product includes all of the features that many users have been looking for in a high- quality, 5-bay enclosure. The small foot print makes it easy to utilize several SeriTek/5PM enclosures with a single computer system without worrying about space requirements. In addition, the enclosure provides many new user-friendly features and amazing rigidity. When you install a single hard drive inside an enclosure vibration issues are important, but not usually a major design issue. However, once five 3.5" SATA hard drives are actively working inside a single, small enclosure it takes a great deal of engineering experience to design and build an enclosure that insures the hard drives stay cool, quiet and vibration free over years of use. The SeriTek/5PM provides a rock solid, vibration resistant, SATA hard drive mounting platform that easily meets these requirements. Hitachi also tested the SeriTek/5PM. Based on the results, FirmTek was selected to participate in the "Hard Drive by Hitachi" Ingredient Brand Program . The FirmTek SeriTek/5PM enclosure engineering effort was a year-long quest to build the highest quality 5-bay SATA PM enclosure available. These efforts lead to greatly enhanced hard drive cooling capabilities, providing easy access front- panel controls with expanded visual user feedback while keeping the enclosure quiet and easy to use. FirmTek has finally completed their mission to create the ultimate 5-Bay SATA PM enclosure. Now computer users can enjoy the wonderful new features implemented in the SeriTek/5PM enclosure design. About FirmTek Headquartered in Silicon Valley and founded by former Apple engineers, FirmTek is a leading hardware and firmware research and development company focusing on Macintosh storage technologies. The company takes pride in developing reliable high performance storage solutions. For more information on FirmTek products and operations, visit FirmTek's Web site at or e- mail FIRMTEK SERITEK/5PM > FIVE BAY, HOT SWAP, EXTERNAL SATA PM ENCLOSURE WORDS BY ARTHUR WHALEM, ARIZONA MACINTOSH USERS GROUP

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